Archive for December 2011

Need A New Year's Resolution? How About Decreasing Distracted Driving?

Recently, a family member was complaining about sending text messages using the keyboard on her new iPhone. In an effort to help, I tried to show her a feature that allows you to speak your text message. Her response was, “Great, now I can send texts while I’m driving.” And my response was, “No! No!…

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Big Rig Accidents Continue to Occur on Roadways

Despite the desire to reduce the number of 18-wheeler accidents on the highways, it does not seem to be happening. Unfortunately, even with the latest push to improve big rig safety, there are still far too many devastating accidents taking lives, and often taking them in a grisly fashion. The difficulty is that many passenger…

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Don't Let A Christmas Tree Fire Prevent You From Having A Merry Christmas

Although Christmas tree fires aren’t as big a problem as they used to be, they’re still a huge issue.  Every year, Christmas tree fires cause over $16 million dollars in property damage.  And they’re also particularly deadly.  One out of every 18 Christmas tree fires results in a death, compared to one death for every…

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Locker Room Caved in and Caused Wrongful Death at High School

The last thing you would expect to happen is to have a wall fall on you while you were inside a building. That happened in this reported case. Death comes in many forms, and this bizarre case is no exception. A 14-year-old student at a local high school was unexpectedly killed in an accident when…

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Auto Accidents: What Is A "Stowers Demand"?

If you’re one of our clients, we might send you a draft demand letter to the insurance company that tells the insurance company that the letter is intended to be a “Stowers demand.”  What does that phrase mean? Every insurance policy has a “policy limit” — the maximum amount of coverage the policy offers.  (You…

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Auto Accidents: What Does "Policy Limits" Mean?

Whether talking to clients or providing information on this website, we often talk about the other driver’s “policy limits.”  What does that phrase mean? Every insurance policy has a maximum amount that the insurance company will be required to pay, regardless of the severity of the injuries suffered by people in the wreck.  This maximum amount is referred…

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We Can Learn About Head Injuries From The NHL

Like many of you, I’ve never been to a hockey game.  But despite that, we have much we can learn from the National Hockey League. You see.  The NHL has a concussion problem. The NHL’s most recognizable player is young star Sidney Crosby.  But last January, Sid the Kid took a high hit and sustained…

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Auto Accidents: Is A Ban On Using Cell Phones In Cars Ahead?

Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board urged a complete ban on the use of cell phones while driving.  The Board has recommended that all states adopt a complete ban on the use of cell phones while driving — including texting and emailing — except in emergency situations.  It would include a ban on using phones even with hands-free…

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The NFL Has A Way To Go On Head Injury Care

In the past, I’ve praised the NFL for leading the way in the study of the prevention and care of head injuries and brain injuries.  But last night, they took a step backward. Fellow University of Texas alum Colt McCoy was absolutely blown up by a shot to the head by James Harrison.  After the…

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CAR WRECK CASES: Texting and Driving Are Getting Much Worse

Despite all the outcry and the increasing number of laws banning texting while driving, it’s a problem that’s getting worse, not better. Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its first major study on distracted driving.  It found that at any one time, 1 in 100 drivers are using a hand-held device for texting, emailing or…

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